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Glovers is a firm of solicitors with a history that spans 90 years and a proud reputation of being one of the leading property specialist law firms in the country.
We are based in Covent Garden in Central London, with an enviable and distinguished client base across our key practice areas: commercial property, property finance, dispute resolution and construction. Our clients include national restaurant brands, fashionable retail concepts and leading domestic and international financial institutions and banks.
We know our clients want a fast, efficient and personal service which is both commercially aware and cost effective. We have a wealth of experience in our key practice areas, which combined with a commercial approach, keeps our clients ahead of the curve.
Every Glovers’ trainee is welcomed into a friendly and supportive environment. They receive first-rate individual training. At any one time, we have four trainee solicitors.
We look for candidates who not only have strong academic abilities but excellent communication skills, commercial awareness, initiative and common sense. Candidates must also be able to work as part of a team and have a focused dedication to servicing clients' business needs. We are seeking candidates with a positive desire to work in a niche firm of this size and type. While every member of the firm is expected to work hard, we have a 'work to live' culture. We encourage our trainees to stay on with us when their training contract finishes, if we have a suitable vacancy in a department which interests them.
Each trainee spends at least six months in each of our departments.
As a trainee in the commercial property department you receive hands on experience in dealing with our restaurant clients, which ranges from established brands to new chefs setting up their first restaurants following successful pop-up stints, as well as our property development and investment clients.
In the property finance department, trainees are entrusted with responsibility from an early stage and are able to see through transactions from start to finish. This involves liaising with clients (the banks) and borrower’s solicitors, reviewing loan agreements and investigating title.
Within the litigation team, trainees are exposed to a wide range of contentious matters from property and construction to employment disputes. You will regularly attend court and meetings, assist with drafting applications and develop your knowledge base through research for partners.
Particular importance is placed on continuing legal education which includes regular internal lunchtime seminars. These cover a variety of topics of use to a solicitor, not all of them on strictly legal topics.
We involve our trainees in all aspects of the work in each department and they deal directly with clients. Trainees also take part in all aspects of the development and marketing of the practice too, including the organisation of and participation in client functions.
From day one, our trainees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work and manage their own files, with supportive supervision. They are given regular appraisals where they have the opportunity formally to discuss any concerns and take constructive feedback to the next step of their training. However, we work in an open plan environment and trainees are encouraged to discuss any concerns as they arise.
Furthermore, trainees are provided with a trainee supervisor on joining the firm who is there to assist with any problems that may arise, provide advice and ensure that trainees are progressing and developing within the firm.
Our trainee solicitors must have completed a law degree or the CPE/GDL and the Legal Practice Course. Due to the volume of applications received, applicants with at least ABB minimum at A level and at least a 2.1 degree are more likely to be selected for interview. We welcome applications from undergraduates and graduates from all academic disciplines.
We are not currently recruiting for trainees.
What our trainees say
“The best thing about being a trainee at Glovers is the high level of responsibility you are given to run files from start to finish with close supervision. This experience and the friendly environment overall really helps build up your confidence as a lawyer and it also allows you to get to know clients quite well too. Cherry – Second-year trainee
The best thing about working at Glovers is how friendly and approachable everybody is coupled with the high levels of responsibility you are given. You are able to run files from start to finish but support and supervision is always there. Charlotte – First-year trainee
“The best thing about Glovers is the friendliness of the office. Working as part of a smaller team means that I am always comfortable asking for help, be it from another trainee, associate or a partner!” Shalini – First-year trainee
- Commercial property
- Property finance
- Property litigation
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.